During a recent visit to the Modisa Wildlife Project near Maun, Botswana, traveler John Hawkins captured this heartwarming footage that shows the incredible bond between a lioness and her rescuer.
In the video, Sirga can be seen pacing behind a fence as the man, Valentin Gruener, unlocks the door. Once the door is opened, the 110-pound lioness jumps on Gruener – for a cuddly, full-body embrace! Sirga clearly displays her affection for the man, rubbing her nose with him during the hug and even lying on her knees on the floor. What an incredible friendship!
You can watch the incredible video down below: